Susan Amato owes her restaurant's name to her grandmother Angelina, who hails from the small Italian village of Bolognano. Many of the recipes and all of the wall photos are extensions of Amato's family, the elevated Italian cuisine presumably a juicier, more colorful take on the photographs' black-and-white tale.
Upon entry, chandeliers loom overhead like trays of glowing teacups, illuminating steaming lobster ravioli, veal sautéed in wine, and sandwiches laden with paper-thin prosciutto. Delicate pan-seared scallop starters segue into panko-encrusted fish and bubbling gourmet pizzas. To season these feasts, guests might enjoy a martini or a glass of Italian wine—perhaps one from Zaccagnini, a Bolognano mainstay.
Visions of the Italian coastline flood in through faux archways painted on the walls at Scola’s Restaurant. While waiting for the main meal, guests can nibble on shrimp scampi and eggplant rollotini or settle a bitter arm-wrestling dispute once and for all. The chefs' classic Italian dishes include chicken cacciatore and shrimp piccata. There’s an ample seafood selection, too—steamed lobster, stuffed haddock, and broiled scallops—as well as a few American dishes, including a barbecue steak-tip dinner. Guests can also order up sandwiches such as a fried clam roll or meatball sandwich.
In addition stocking to an international assortment of wine and beer, the bartenders mix up martinis that range from classic cosmopolitans to the Starbucks martini, which combines Starbucks coffee liqueur and Stoli vanilla vodka within a chocolate-rimmed glass.
After 12 years of manning stovetops and rolling pasta as Focaccia Ristorante's head chef, Disney Oliveira became the restaurant's manager alongside his wife, Viviane. The duo remains faithful to the menu of time-honored Italian specialties, continuing to incorporate homespun touches into the entrees. This hominess stems from the freshly baked focaccia bread, the housemade fettuccine pasta, and the signature tomato-basil sauce, which slowly simmers over a burning pile of rejected family photos. After loading pizza crusts with any of the 20 available toppings—including prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and garlic—the chefs load the pies into a traditional brick oven alongside plates of eggplant parmigiana and ricotta-stuffed eggplant rollatini.
To complement the vivacious cuisine, Focaccia Ristorante hosts live music throughout the week. On Thursday evenings, DJs get pulses racing, while on Fridays and Saturdays, live bands take to the stage until just after midnight, which, as everybody knows, is the hour that all rock musicians turn into imp-like creatures of the dark.
The aromatic scent of authentic Italian cuisine sails through Rufina's dimly lit restaurant, wafting past elegant archways and a TV-framed bar before landing on white-clothed tables. Each made-to-order meal—including 15 types of appetizers, traditional Italian dishes, and house specialties—is handcrafted by chefs who aim to please guests with savory Italian dishes that can meet special dietary restrictions and appease little picky eaters (a full kids’ menu is available). Diners can also enjoy a variety of wines and desserts served amid Rufina's several dining rooms, all of which can be transformed into a private party venue for up to 55 guests or 5 triceratops.
The practiced chefs at Buono Bistro have spent the last 30 years creating a mouthwatering menu of classic Italian comfort food jazzed up with a gourmet twist. In addition to their daily specials, they craft gnocchi gorgonzola, lobster ravioli, and wild-mushroom risotto from scratch. The expansive menu also includes such nonpasta specialties as braised-lamb osso buco and veal stuffed with provolone and prosciutto.
Basking in the glow of an ornate, glittering chandelier, guests can sip a handcrafted martini or a glass of bold wine. Though the food and decor are decidedly upscale, Buono Bistro keeps it low-key, offering diners a relaxed atmosphere akin to a billionaire's treehouse.